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Facebook expands ‘Community Boost’ digital skills training program to Europe

Facebook expands ‘Community Boost’ digital skills training program to Europe

Facebook has announced it’s expanding a free training program that teaches Internet-skills, media literacy and online safety to Europe. It says its “ambition” is to train 300,000 people across six EU
Google’s Lunar Xprize to go unclaimed as moonshot deadline looms

Google’s Lunar Xprize to go unclaimed as moonshot deadline looms

Google teamed up with Xprize to sponsor an audacious literal race to the Moon, but sadly the competition will end with no one taking home the grand prize of $30 million. Xprize and Google realized
Telegram and social media giants spanked in UK PM’s Davos speech

Telegram and social media giants spanked in UK PM’s Davos speech

Social media giants have once again been singled out for a high profile public spanking over social responsibility and illegal online content in Europe.
Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier. The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us…
Shutterfly stock hits all-time high after snapping up the leader in kids’ class photos

Shutterfly stock hits all-time high after snapping up the leader in kids’ class photos

One day after announcing strong earnings and the massive strategic acquisition of the leader in yearbook and school photos, Shutterfly is watching its shares soar. It’s quite a turn for a company that
Tumblr also lousy with Russia-backed US election trolls: Report

Tumblr also lousy with Russia-backed US election trolls: Report

The meme-laden Tumblr platform is the latest social media and blogging outlet to be unmasked as a distribution channel for Russian agents to rip at America’s societal fault lines and seek to influence
Social media firms must tell users impacted by propaganda, MP says

Social media firms must tell users impacted by propaganda, MP says

Damian Collins says voters may have been exposed to falsehoods in run-up to Brexit referendumThe head of a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of Russian interference in the EU referendum has said
Former state Senator Jeremy Ring talks about the first days of Yahoo

Former state Senator Jeremy Ring talks about the first days of Yahoo

In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Jeremy Ring, a former Florida state senator and author of We Were Yahoo!, a meditation on his career as one of the first employees at Yahoo. Ring has a lot to
Cybex starts selling its $330, app-enabled car seat made for safety geeks

Cybex starts selling its $330, app-enabled car seat made for safety geeks

Normally, I wouldn’t be writing about a car seat for for TechCrunch but as I’ve been in the market for such an item lately (and have been hit up for all things baby tech as my due date nears) the
Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content

Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content

Consumer goods giant Unilever, a maker of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world’s biggest online advertisers, has fired a warning shot across the bows of social
Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

One of world’s biggest advertisers says it will avoid platforms that ‘create division’Unilever has threatened to withdraw its advertising from online platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail
HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen wants HuffPost to remain mostly free

HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen wants HuffPost to remain mostly free

As Lydia Polgreen sees it, society is currently divided into media haves and have nots, and it’s important for HuffPost to remain mostly free for its readers so that it can serve a group that mostly
Facebook is creating a news section in Watch to feature breaking news

Facebook is creating a news section in Watch to feature breaking news

Facebook is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories. The move, which Campbell Brown, the company’s year-old head of news
Home Office unveils AI program to tackle Isis online propaganda

Home Office unveils AI program to tackle Isis online propaganda

Tool can detect 94% of Isis propaganda with a 99.99% success rate in testsAn artificial intelligence program that can detect Islamic State propaganda online with a 94% success rate has been developed,
YouTube is expanding Red to more countries

YouTube is expanding Red to more countries

YouTube Red will expand its subscription service to as many as 100 countries, according to YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki . Speaking at Recode’s Code Media conference in Huntington Beach,
Need a post on Harvard.edu about your ICO? $500, please

Need a post on Harvard.edu about your ICO? $500, please

In the endless hunt to gain credibility for token products, founders are resorting to some shady – and ridiculous – tactics. After researching the weird world of pay-for-play recently and taking part
Only the EU can break Facebook and Google's dominance | George Soros

Only the EU can break Facebook and Google's dominance | George Soros

Social media giants have left the US government impotent – Europe must lead the way The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and forms of dictatorships and
Clever Ethereum honeypot lets coins come in but won’t let them back out

Clever Ethereum honeypot lets coins come in but won’t let them back out

An interesting new Ethereum-based honeypot has been discovered that essentially allows hackers to steal from hackers. The honeypot is detailed on Reddit. A user was hunting for examples of contracts